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The Tech Report Podcast
Nov 19, 2013 techreport.com
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After almost of year of vocal tech reporting, our panelists sit down with hindsight 20/20 to dissect this past year of tech. Scott starts us off with an overview of the three tech trends he believes have outlined the industry in 2008. In brief, these are the solidification of the "productivity" usage model, the stagnation of graphical requirements for games, and the inevitable collision of CPUs and GPUs.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Nov 19, 2013 techreport.com
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We're officially a three-digit podcast—and happy to be back to vocal tech reporting after a nice Thanksgiving break. We kick off this episode with listener mail and quickly move onto a Christmas list discussion, which is severely lacking in Christmas cheer. Then, Geoff and Cyril explain why we're excited about Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime, right before Scott gives a scathing review of the Amazon Kindle Fire. Seriously, he hates this thing.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Nov 15, 2013 techreport.com
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We are back (belatedly, we know) with more of the fabulous Tech Report Podcast. This show kicks off in a bit of a sour mood as Jordan shares his latest tech woes and how they've affected podcast production. Then it's on to happier things with a slew of listener tweets and emails. Finally, Scott has two major graphics card reviews, as Nvidia and AMD battle for the crown of "fastest GPU." Before we close the episode, Geoff gives us an update as his SSD endurance project hits the 200TB...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Oct 28, 2013 techreport.com
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Be warned. This episode is long. We cover, in depth, Apple's latest and greatest tablets and notebooks. Scott expounds on his adventure with AMD's impressive (if a bit noisy) Radeon R9 290X. Nvidia's G-Sync is also of interest, as is Geoff's review of the Asus Transformer Book T100. We wrap things up with Cyril's discovery of the glorious Steelcase Leap chair.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Oct 8, 2013 techreport.com
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Prior to the recording of this episode, Scott survived Hawaii, Geoff and Cyril orchestrated a Canadian TR meetup, and Jordan moved to Manhattan. With so much adventure under our belts, we have a lively episode for you to enjoy this time. After listener mail and a recap of our Canadian meetup, we dive right into Valve's recent, industry rattling announcements. Next, Cyril discusses a new Corsair enclosure that aims to replace our go-to 650D, and Scott gives us the low-down on AMD's latest...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Sep 23, 2013 techreport.com
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Scott is back from Intel's Developer Forum and he's brought with him a wide assortment of PC stories. We cover everything from Intel's new 'Bay Trail' SOC, to new and improved NUCs, to a sneak peak at DDR4 - hidden away in a Kingston expo booth. Also on the show, four listeners have their email questions answered, and we discuss the new iPhone(s) from Apple.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Sep 9, 2013 techreport.com
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From NSA takeovers to chick-magnet case lighting, it's an eclectic podcast we've assembled this round. Our show kicks off with two listener inquiries, then segues straight into what is clearly the most important item to discuss: the newly released Robocop reboot trailer. Our panel then tackles Microsoft's curious acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services business, and they discuss a slew, nay, a host of new notebooks from Asus and Lenovo. Finally, Scott's review of a new top-of-the-line...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Aug 26, 2013 techreport.com
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We cover a lot of ground on this episode of the podcast. After a slew of listener mail questions, we digress from our PC hardware discussion to riff on Ben Affleck's appointment as the next Batman. Then, announcements from Gamescom provide a series of gaming stories to discuss, including updates for Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Division, and more. Cyril's controversial thought piece on the future of desktop PC hardware is fodder for further conversation, after which Geoff explains how we plan to...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Aug 12, 2013 techreport.com
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We start off this episode with some community updates: TR readers recently met up in Kansas City, and we're planning two more meetups in Michigan and Vancouver. After the community talk, we take on a slew of gaming stories. The guys discuss the potential merits of a creepy black-and-white shooter, and they debate whether or not John Carmack's still got it. Then, Scott puts AMD's frame pacing driver to the test, and Geoff tells us about two game-changing advances in the world of solid-state...
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We kick off this newest episode of the TR Podcast with a collection of listener email and tweets. Among other topics, the six queries relate to DirectX, cheap monitors, and the nature of the next game-changing mobile device. After answering the readers, we discuss EA's sales, which suggest the PC gaming industry is healthier than snarky critics would have you believe. Then, Samsung's newest SSD impresses with an approachable cost-per-gigabyte and solid performance. Finally, Scott shares big...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jul 15, 2013 techreport.com
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We kick off a new episode of vocal tech reporting with two listener mail questions, including an email that prompts a serious discussion about in-game physics. Then, after a brief digression to digest the fantabulous Sharknado trailer, it's a one-two punch of Scott's deep dive on ARM and Cyril's three weeks of cheating on his iPhone with a Samsung Galaxy S4. Riveting stuff.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jun 24, 2013 techreport.com
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While Cyril is hard at work on our next system guide, the rest of the gang congregate for our latest episode of the TR Podcast. We kick things off with a couple of listener mail questions about next-gen consoles and the merits of overclocking. Then, before we dive into a long PC hardware journey, Jordan digresses to give us a cursory report on Man of Steel—and a glowing review of NYC's sensational new Cronut confection.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jun 10, 2013 techreport.com
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This episode is quality over quantity. After discussing new Titan-style Nvidia GPUs, we dive right into Scott's massive benchmarking opus of Intel's new Haswell processors. And... that's the majority of our episode. We wrap things up with a look at Geoff's Haswell overclocking experiments, and a podcast bumper "audition" from Scott's talented progeny. (Be sure to provide bumper feedback in the comments!)
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The Tech Report Podcast
May 28, 2013 techreport.com
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Just in time for your post-Memorial-day Tuesday commute, it's another episode of the TR Podcast. After answering two listener questions, we discuss the Xbox One (lovingly referred to as the Xbone) and debate the merits of a TV-centric gaming console. Then, following a quick digression into the correct pronunciation of the ".gif" file format, Geoff introduces us to a variety of fabulous Haswell motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI. The last half of our episode features Scott's...
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The Tech Report Podcast
May 6, 2013 techreport.com
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Jordan, Geoff, and Cyril kick off this episode with listener mail, answering a question about DDR4 memory and the best hybrid hard drives. Then, our team navigates a slew of Intel Haswell stories ahead of the June 4 launch. Geoff and Cyril go on to discuss two exciting new cases from BitFenix and Corsair, after which Cyril reviews the Asus VivoTab Smart tablet and shares his poetic ode to the Kindle Paperwhite. Finally, Scott joins us from his press trip in San Jose, California to give us a...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Apr 22, 2013 techreport.com
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Spring is finally in the air, and we're back with another episode of your favorite PC hardware podcast. After answering some listener mail, we discuss the rumored changes in Windows 8.1—including the long-awaited return of the start menu. Then, we launch into a series of gaming discussions. Geoff kicks things off with Antichamber, after which Scott and Cyril debate the merits of BioShock Infinite, the problems with modern shooters, and the latest game bundles from AMD and Nvidia. Finally,...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Apr 1, 2013 techreport.com
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This episode kicks off with some listener mail, including a rant from a disgruntled GeForce GTX 680 owner. Then, Scott gives us the scoop on AMD's, Intel's, and Nvidia's announcements and demos from the Game Developers Conference. To wrap things up, we spiral down the crazy rabbit hole that is Nvidia's FCAT frame capture system, which gives us new insights into the veracity of Fraps benchmarks and the problems with CrossFire.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Mar 18, 2013 techreport.com
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After a three-week break, we're back with a fresh episode of your favorite tech podcast. After answering some listener mail and tweets, we wade through the PR disaster that is EA' latest Sim City release. Then, Scott explains why Crysis 3 is the first of the "next-gen" games. Jordan digresses to share his recent experience with hi-tech sports gear in the Colorado Rockies, and then Cyril relates his brush with Samsung's 700T convertible tablet—and his reservations about that entire...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Feb 25, 2013 techreport.com
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Between Sony's AMD-centered bid for next-gen gaming, Nvidia's monster GeForce GTX Titan GPU, Mini-ITX motherboards, and listener mail... our latest episode has a lot to offer.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Feb 4, 2013 techreport.com
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After a quick listener mail question to kick things off, we opine on Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro and the appeal of tablets versus consumer laptops. Then, Scott's frame time crusade continues as AMD updates its Catalyst drivers and other tech press outlets add to the conversation. Finally, our panel discusses the potential of local game streaming with Nvidia's Project Shield and other technologies.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jan 22, 2013 techreport.com
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Scott is back from the infamous Consumer Electronics Show in the city of sin, and he bears a loaded report from all our favorite PC hardware companies. You'll hear about all the latest from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel, plus highlights from players like Enermax—and the skinny on an intriguing virtual reality product from Oculus. Jordan and Geoff pepper in questions and comments throughout, as well, making for an all around fantastic hour-and-a-half of audible tech reporting.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jan 7, 2013 techreport.com
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We've got a lot to talk about in our first episode of 2013. We kick things off with four listener mail questions, which cover everything from Windows 8 to the state of the union for PC gaming. Then, our panelists discuss Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, and Cyril talks about his review of AMD's Radeon HD 8790 mobile GPU.
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We kick off the last episode of 2012 with a sneak preview of our upcoming collaborative opus: the How to build a PC guide and video, which should be up on TR shortly. Then, Valve's proposed Linux living room gaming PC has us perplexed, and we share our Christmas gift suggestions for 2012. Finally, Scott breaks down the complete saga of our Radeon vs. GeForce brouhaha, which unfolded over three successive articles last week. And that's it! Thanks for an amazing 2012, and here's to an exciting...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Dec 3, 2012 techreport.com
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After a week's delay for turkey consumption, we are back on the TR Podcast with a short and sweet show. Things kick off with two listener mail questions, after which we move right on to an exciting and imaginative new novel written by our own Cyril Kowaliski. The team discusses Cyril's inspiration for the story, potential advances in biomedical research, how we techies view the future, and a lot more. You can get your own e-copy of the book for just $2.99 on Amazon—and TR gets a cut of the...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Nov 13, 2012 techreport.com
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Despite Jordan's studio displacement following Hurricane Sandy (and the fact that he's huddled around a space heater in an unheated apartment), we press on for another episode of the TR Podcast. We kick things off with a listener question about Windows 8 phones. Then, Cyril describes his descent into iPhone 5 ownership (Scott has one, too), and we discuss making the move to Windows 8. Our Windows 8 system guide is up next, followed by a follow-up to Geoff's review of the Asus VivoTab RT. We...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Oct 29, 2012 techreport.com
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Despite the impending East Coast monster hurricane, we're pushing through with another episode of The Tech Report Podcast. We kick things off with listener mail, including a question about the less-discussed merits of Windows 8. Then, Borderlands 2 gets another moment in the spotlight before Cyril shares his thoughts on Dishonored. Next, Scott gives us the lowdown on the new FX-series chips from AMD, and the panel rounds out the episode with a roundup of recent AMD news.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Oct 15, 2012 techreport.com
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This episode starts off with Jordan's harrowing tale of bird wranglers and avian escapes, followed by three listener mail questions, including one from a graphic designer who's chewing through hard drives. (Jordan suspects a unsafe home environment.) Another listener dares to ask two questions in the same episode, both of which we answer, because we're nice. Then, after a quick revisitation of the iPhone 5, it's back-to-back AMD talk with a look at the tablet-targeted Z-60 APU, Scott's...
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We took a break from Borderlands 2 madness long enough to record another episode of the TR Podcast. Fancy that! Our show kicks off with listener mail, and then we get right into our collective thoughts about the second iteration of Gearbox's thoughtful and well-made FPS-RPG hybrid. Then, after a quick explanation of new server voodoo that has sped up our site, Scott details our stance on AMD's new information release policy. iOS 6 is up next, with Cyril and Jordan both expressing disappointment...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Sep 17, 2012 techreport.com
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It's another mega episode of the TR Podcast this week—hence our straightforward, what-you-see-is-what-you-get title. We kick things off with Scott's recap of the Intel Developer Forum, including a look at Haswell and exciting Intel R&D. Then it's on to the latest from AMD, which set up camp just down the road. Geoff, Cyril, and Jordan follow up by discussing the iPhone 5. Kicking off a series of reviews, Scott tells the familiar tale of Nvidia's latest GPU, the GeForce GTX 660, while...
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We've got a substantial episode of the TR Podcast this round. Our panel kicks things off by discussing a LAN party of epic proportions at Damage Labs, the latest Radeon price drops, and a chunky triple-slot graphics card from PowerColor. Then, it's on to the milestone jury decision for the Apple v. Samsung case, which earns commentary from Scott and Cyril.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Aug 20, 2012 techreport.com
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From Intel's all-in-one platform to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti's $300 sweet-spot GPU play (and the Radeon HD 7950 with boost response), from Rosewill's clicky keys to value Asus sound cards, it's a fantastic new episode of the TR Podcast. These are also the shortest show notes I've ever written.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Aug 6, 2012 techreport.com
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With a trifecta of tech reviews to discuss and an epic film trilogy to review on top of that, it's a monster of an episode this time around on the Tech Report Podcast. We kick off with some quick video game discussion (Jordan wants to weigh in on Max Payne 3 and the latest Battlefield 3 DLC) and then segue into listener mail. Afterwards, we round up the latest news and controversy surrounding Windows 8, which has both Valve and Blizzard not the least bit pleased. Then, Geoff offers his take on...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jul 16, 2012 techreport.com
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For reasons you'll have to listen to discover, we are host-less for this episode of The Tech Report Podcast. Nevertheless, the crew pushes forward and kicks off the program with talk of Max Payne 3 and the latest (and best) Borderlands 2 trailer. Then, it's on to a slew of display stories, including the mysterious 27" Korean IPS displays and triple-monitor gaming from Geoff. Finally, our latest system guide hits the sweet spot of the latest and greatest hardware at the best price point.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jul 2, 2012 techreport.com
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We kick off this pre-holiday podcast with a couple of GPU reviews. Scott joins us to discuss AMD's new Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition—before returning to his family, which includes the newborn Wasson progeny, William Thomas Wasson. Cyril chimes in with his take on Nvidia's GeForce GT 640.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jun 18, 2012 techreport.com
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We waited a week to bring you this latest episode of the podcast, and the wait was well worth it! Fresh from a week at Computex in Tapei, Geoff brings us a selection of headlines from the international computing trade show. We cover Asus' Transformer-inspired Windows 8 portables, Intel's Next Unit of Computing, Lucid's Dynamix, and more. Then, in Cyril's absence (he's recovering from a nasty travel/conference cold), Scott helps round up the latest AMD news from Computex and AMD's Fusion...
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The Tech Report Podcast
May 29, 2012 techreport.com
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Our favorite Mac blogger, Jason Fox, joins us to share an incredible story about beards and advertising. We preface the story-telling with a panel review of The Avengers, which turns out to be a universal favorite (though not all of us have seen it yet). After the film review, Jason tells us about @leeclowsbeard, a project he's been laboring on in secret for the better part of three years, and one that has recently received significant industry recognition. Then, Scott brings us a detailed...
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The Tech Report Podcast
May 7, 2012 techreport.com
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We're back with a short but sweet episode that kicks off with listener mail. After answering questions about GPU upgrades and CPU/RAM pairings, Jordan polls the panel on their expectations for two upcoming (or just released) summer geek action films: The Avengers and Prometheus. Then it's on to the award-winning Asus Transformer Pad 300, followed by the ceiling-shattering Nvidia GeForce GTX 690.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Apr 23, 2012 techreport.com
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Intel's long-awaited Ivy Bridge processors (and our review) come out in concert with this latest episode of the TR Podcast. Before diving into the new Intel gear, our hosts discuss the beautiful CryEngine 3, our trepidation about the teased Crysis 3, and an upcoming title that Geoff is very excited about.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Apr 9, 2012 techreport.com
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We kick off this episode with a sizable amount of listener mail, and then dive into two OCZ SSD reviews with Geoff. Next, we cover a trio of Apple stories, including Geoff's blog post highlighting the disappearance of the infamous Apple tax. Jordan follows up his smartphone earbud roundup from episode 104 with five new models, and then, it's on to AMD's new Radeon HD 7850 and 7870, followed by our musings on Google's futuristic HUD glasses.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Mar 26, 2012 techreport.com
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After a fresh helping of listener mail, Scott gives us his hands-on impressions of the new iPad. We discuss the brilliant new display, the size and weight differences from the iPad 2, and how this newest revision positions Apple in the tablet market. Then, we take a look at Ice Cream Sandwich running on Asus's Transformer tablets, and we examine Cyril's review of the half-tablet, half-smartphone Samsung Galaxy Note. Finally, Scott gives us the ins and outs of the impressive new GeForce GTX 680...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Mar 5, 2012 techreport.com
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This episode kicks off with a sizable amount of listener mail. We answer questions about Ivy Bridge, the best practices for applying thermal compound, and whether or not we're going to use the upcoming Project CARS game for benching. Then, we dive into our news and reviews with an in-depth discussion of the upcoming iPad 3 and its rumored 7.85" variant. From there, we talk about what Windows 8 has to offer, and what our newest system guide has to say for itself ("arrrrr")....
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The Tech Report Podcast
Feb 20, 2012 techreport.com
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This episode kicks off with an unusual news update from Jordan, who has some odd neighbors moving in next door in the coming week. Keeping in the domestic update theme, Scott describes the tech involved in a Damage Labs upgrade he's currently undergoing. Then, our panel tackles a roundup of gaming news, our latest graphics card review, AMD's new plans for the future, and Geoff's latest two SSDs.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Feb 6, 2012 techreport.com
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We've got a short and sweet episode of tech reporting this week, featuring Scott's scratchy Bluetooth headset, Jordan's favorite podcasts, and Geoff's sexy SSD roundup. We also answer some listener mail, pore over Scott's review of the Radeon HD 7950, and hear Cyril's critique of the two leading stereo 3D solutions from AMD and Nvidia.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jan 23, 2012 techreport.com
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Footsore and skull-numbed, our panelists join us in this extra-long episode of the podcast to unload their collective brains of all they saw at CES 2011. The gang runs through everything from the mood and attendance at this year's show, to the latest and greatest in the cult of clicky keyboards, to whatever coolness Razer has to show this time around. As a bonus, Jordan reviews a slew of earbuds for smartphones.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jan 9, 2012 techreport.com
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We ring in a new year of tech reporting this week with listener mail, a monster review, and special guest. After answering questions from listeners Mike and Daniel, Scott and guest co-host David Kanter of Real World Technologies get down and dirty with AMD's new Radeon HD 7970 GPU—a monster of a card that prompts some intense discussion and dissection.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Dec 19, 2011 techreport.com
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It's a short and sweet episode of vocal tech reporting this week, starting with a few listener mail questions. Before diving into the news and reviews, Jordan stirs up conversation and anticipation for Christopher Nolan's third Batman film coming next summer. Then, our panel looks at how the hard-drive shortages affected Intel's revenue projections and Cyril's longing for true 21st century TV. Finally, Scott gives us the low-down on the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448, and our editors explain the ins...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Oct 31, 2011 techreport.com
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We kick off this episode of the TR Podcast with a slew of listener questions. Those inquiries prompt us to discuss DDR4 memory, new hardware coming next March, and how the next generation of consoles will affect PC gaming. Then, our panel talks at length about Battlefield 3, on which we've finally gotten our hands after months of anticipation. Finally, Cyril, Geoff and Scott break down our latest TR system guide, and Scott explains the Bulldozer thread scheduling story.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Oct 17, 2011 techreport.com
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We've got a monster episode of the TR Podcast this week, starting with three listener mail questions that cover everything from Ubisoft game releases to GPU shopping on a budget. Scott and Cyril cover the pros and cons of id Software's newest game, Rage, and we briefly discuss the legacy of Steve Jobs. Then, Geoff interviews Raja Gill and Juan J. Guerrero of Asus, discussing the latest developments in EFI, digital power management, and more. Finally, Scott gives us the complete scoop on AMD's...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Oct 3, 2011 techreport.com
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In TR Podcast tradition, we kick off this episode with a lengthy round-table gaming discussion. Cyril relates his experiences with the Battlefield 3 beta and TrackMania 2, after which our panel goes over some of the more notable titles on the horizon, including Rage, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Modern Warfare 3.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Sep 19, 2011 techreport.com
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We're a slightly beleaguered crew of tech reporters this week; Scott and Geoff have just returned on the red-eye from IDF, Cyril has been cranking away at his Windows 8 blog post, and Jordan is recording from home with tonsillitis (we apologize in advance for the lack of pop-filter and over-abundant room noise). Nevertheless, we kick things off on this episode with three listener tweets, ranging from API overhead to the best sound card for classical music. Then, it's straight into IDF as Scott...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Sep 5, 2011 techreport.com
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After answering a trio of listener mail questions, we kick off this episode of the TR Podcast with talk of Razer's new Blade laptop, an unusual, intriguing, and pricy gaming laptop that will most likely be either amazing or very gimmicky. Then, we move on to gameplay footage from the next Counter-Strike title from Valve, which we follow up with Cyril's review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Aug 22, 2011 techreport.com
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Despite civil unrest percolating in the Kansas City area, our own Scott Wasson is safe, sound, and back from a great time hanging with the TR readership at the Tech Report BBQ 2011. After we get the scoop on Scott's trip to the shores of Lake Michigan, we cover two major news items: HP sending shockwaves through the tech industry by signaling its intent to spin off its PC business and nix its WebOS devices, and Google acquiring Motorola Mobility. Then, it's an in-depth look at our latest TR...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Aug 9, 2011 techreport.com
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With exception of a quick listener mail question, some CPU rumors to round off the episode, and a look at two clicky keyboards from Razor, this episode is mostly about three tablets we've been testing in our labs. Geoff kicks off the party with a look at the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, a budget-friendly tablet that has some nifty tricks up its sleeve. Then, Scott relates his impressions of the king tablet itself, the iPad 2, which has snared hours of gameplay and media consumption time from his...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jul 26, 2011 techreport.com
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We kick off this episode by answering some listener questions, delving into the latest cloud computing solutions from Microsoft, the possibilities of reviewing the new Samsung Chromebook, and the many AMD Fusion options that have befuddled one of our readers. Then, after a little RSS housekeeping, we dive into two stories from Apple. Our panel analyzes the record numbers from the Mac maker's latest earnings report, discusses the latest updates to the MacBook Air lineup, and gets the scoop from...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jul 10, 2011 techreport.com
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We kick off this latest TR Podcast with a reminder that, if you're a TR reader and you live near or within flying distance of lake Michigan, you're more than welcome to attend the annual TR BBQ. After that piece of community news, our podcast panel gets down and dirty with DiRT 3, which Geoff has had a chance to play and review. Our gaming coverage also includes a second look at the somewhat disappointing (at least at launch) Crysis 2—a game that may have redeemed itself with a monstrous,...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jun 27, 2011 techreport.com
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After answering two listener mail questions, we walk down memory lane as our editors recall their first encounters with id Software's Quake, a game that has just recently celebrated it's 15th anniversary. On the topic of gaming nostalgia, we question whether or not the newly released Duke Nukem Forever lives up to its 15-year-old predecessor. Then, based on a recent TR Friday Night Topic, we round out our gaming discussion by reveling in some of our favorite video game scores.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jun 15, 2011 techreport.com
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We have lots to cover in this episode of the TR Podcast. Geoff is back from Computex with a slew of stories, sneak peeks, and new products for us to geek out about. The highlights of our Computex unpacking include Noctua's "better" 120-mm fan, the rising trend of white computer cases, and new notebooks and platforms from Intel that combine speed, portability, and affordability in very exciting ways.
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The Tech Report Podcast
May 30, 2011 techreport.com
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Despite some technicial difficulties, we join you for another lively episode of tech reporting with Jordan, Scott, Geoff, and Cyril. After answering some listener mail, our panel discusses Scott's new computer and his aging software toolset, which includes Microsoft Office 2000, an old copy of Paint Shop Pro, and other legacy programs like Homesite 5. Then, it's on to two gaming stories: Duke Nukem Forever going gold (we never thought we'd see it) and the hauntingly artistic trailer for Dead...
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The Tech Report Podcast
May 15, 2011 techreport.com
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This episode is all about quality over quantity. We kick things off by introducing our special guest, semiconductor industry analyst David Kanter. David gives us the low-down on the intricacies of Intel's new 3D transistor technology, including practical thoughts about what 3D transistors mean for the rest of the industry.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Apr 25, 2011 techreport.com
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We've got an eclectic mix of topics in this episode of the TR Podcast, starting with some listener mail. Hoping to enter the DirectX 11 world, Mike wonders if a simple graphics upgrade or an entire system overhaul is necessary to get him ready for the fall gaming season. After Mike's question is answered, Jordan digresses from the agenda to crow about his newly built gaming PC based on the latest TR system guide's Utility Player configuration. Then, it's on to the latest in PC gaming, including...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Apr 11, 2011 techreport.com
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We're back with another episode of the podcast, which kicks off with listener mail concerning the iPad 2's competition (or lack thereof) and a new project from one of our loyal listeners. (Be sure to check out ssidbroadcast's new iOS game, Super Block Party. After listener mail, we spend a solid chunk of this episode going over our latest TR system guide, partially because of the return of Sandy Bridge... and because Jordan is planning to build himself a new PC. Scott and Geoff also discuss...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Mar 28, 2011 techreport.com
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This episode kicks off with a quartet of gaming stories, starting with the delay of the Duke Nukem Forever launch by Gearbox, which hardly surprises our panelistss. We also tackle Deus Ex gameplay, a fantastic new Portal 2 trailer, and a look at the next iteration of the Batman game series, Batman: Arkham City. Moving on to serious PC hardware, Scott introduces Nvidia's new flagship, the GeForce GTX 590, stacking it up against AMD's Radeon HD 6990. Geoff has a trio of new solid-state drives to...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Mar 14, 2011 techreport.com
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After kicking off this episode with a RAM-related listener question, we dive into the land of fruits and nuts as we debate the merits of Apple's new iPad 2. Scott and Jordan see marked improvement in Apple's newest tablet, while Geoff still has plans to picket 1 Infinite Loop over the summer. Moving on to gaming news, we have an impressive look at Epic's next-gen Unreal Engine, a hands-on review of the Crysis 2 mulitplayer demo from Scott and Cyril, and a no-holds-barred gameplay trailer of...
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The Tech Report Podcast
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After announcing the winner of last episode's graphics card giveaway, we kick off this episode by discussing recent additions to TR v3.0, not to mention Scott's attempts to fix his daughter's Nintendo DS. Moving on, we spend a fair bit of time going over the latest PC gaming news: DICE has some tantalizing gameplay footage from Battlefield 3, the next Elder Scrolls game looks amazing, a multiplayer demo of Crysis 2 is due on March 1 (it'll be available through GeForce.com), and Cyril has some...
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The Tech Report Podcast
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After answering a listener mail question, we start the show by welcoming guest podcaster and TR blogger Jason Fox. Jason is a professional copywriter in Texas, and he has developed an annual tradition of reviewing each year's array of Superbowl advertisements on his personal website. Together with our U.S.-based panelists (Canadians don't get to broadcast Superbowl ads), Jason discusses his list covering the best and worst of this year's offering. See the links to each discussed ad below.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Feb 1, 2011 techreport.com
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This is a monster episode. Between a detailed look at Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors (not to mention the slew of motherboards that come along with them) and all the news from CES to discuss, we've recorded one of our longest episodes in a while. Along the duration, you'll hear some listener questions answered, some industry news discussed, some product announcements considered, and future tech prognosticated. Simply put, there's a lot to love about this episode of The Tech Report Podcast.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Jan 18, 2011 techreport.com
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This is a monster episode. Between a detailed look at Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors (not to mention the slew of motherboards that come along with them) and all the news from CES to discuss, we've recorded one of our longest episodes in a while. Along the duration, you'll hear some listener questions answered, some industry news discussed, some product announcements considered, and future tech prognosticated. Simply put, there's a lot to love about this episode of The Tech Report Podcast.
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The Tech Report Podcast
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This episode starts with two listener mail questions: KJ has a follow-up question about AMD's Zacate accelerated processing unit, and Suspenders wonders if our hours and hours of computer usage ever result in repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). After going through the mail bag, Scott and Cyril discuss what TR version 3.0 means for the design and operation of our site. Geoff is up next with a roundup of 7,200-RPM laptop drives, which addresses value for money, performance, and capacity. Finally,...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Nov 28, 2010 techreport.com
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We kick off this episode of the TR Podcast by discussing Netflix's internet-streaming-only plan, Scott's desire for an à la carte> TV world, and Jordan's record-breaking single DVD Netflix plan. We also look at the arrival of Rage on the iPhone, months before an actual console or PC release. We then delve into some good old-fashioned hardware discussion. Geoff and Cyril play tag-team with our next story: Nvidia has released the GeForce GTX 460 SE into the wild, and Cyril has the card's...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Nov 15, 2010 techreport.com
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This episode is all about gaming, graphics, and mobile computing. Jordan and Geoff kick things off with listener mail, with Geoff delivering some sound SSD advice to a listener and Jordan recommending his favorite iPhone earbuds. Then, as Call of Duty: Black Ops rocks the entertainment industry with a record $360-million release day, so does it rock the podcast, with Scott talking at length about his take on the new shooter. Cyril, who's back from AMD's Austin campus, chats with Scott about the...
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The Tech Report Podcast
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We've got a lot to discuss on this episode of the TR Podcast, starting with two listener mail questions. KJ wants to know how AMD's Zacate will stack up against Intel's Consumer Ultra-Low-Voltage offerings, while Chris asks if Geoff ever found a better MP3 player for swimming. Shortly thereafter, Scott reviews the newly rebooted Medal of Honor before getting into the meat of this episode: AMD's new Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 graphics cards. Scott gives us the skinny about the new Barts silicon,...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Oct 11, 2010 techreport.com
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With our elite panel of Scott, Geoff, and Cyril (plus audible cameos from Geoff's dog, Snookums), we cover a wide range of topics on this episode of the TR Podcast. After some listener questions from Twitter, we tackle Geoff's old-fashioned yet sensible affinity for buying music CDs, and Scott revels in finally playing the famed C-130 level of Modern Warfare. We then digress momentarily to note the loss of Intel's Greg Wagnon, a superb PR guy who helped Scott with Intel Xeon products for years....
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The Tech Report Podcast
Sep 27, 2010 techreport.com
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After two weeks of conference hopping, first at Intel's IDF and then at Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference (GTC), Scott has the scoop on what's coming next year in the PC hardware world. We'll find out why next year is the "golden age" of CPU design, what makes Sandy Bridge a completely new CPU, what AMD is doing to counter, and what Nvidia has planned for the long term.
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The Tech Report Podcast
Sep 13, 2010 techreport.com
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While Scott is hard at work deep in the recesses of Damage Labs, Geoff and Cyril join us for a classic panel episode of the TR Podcast. We begin this episode with a quick reminder about our latest, MSI-sponsored giveaway. Then, it's on to our latest TR system guide, the nuances of which Cyril and Geoff dissect. The podcast quickly kicks into high gear with some news. Our readers have voiced their opinions about USB 3.0 in our latest poll. Zotac's latest Zboz is a sexy CULV barebone that...
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The Tech Report Podcast
Aug 30, 2010 techreport.com
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We're back in our classic panel format with this episode, and we've got a lot to cover. After answering the mailbag and a few quick TR community notes, the panel wants to know why Cyril loves his iPhone 4 so much, why Scott still hates his, and what iPhone games we're all skipping work to play. Later, Scott gives us an in-depth look at two very exciting processor platforms from AMD: Bulldozer and Bobcat.
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